Joining the previously announced Jeffry Denman (most recently seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Off-Broadway in Yank!) as Harold Hill and Young Frankenstein's Michelle Ragusa as Marion Paroo will be Keith Ersing as Charlie Cowell, Tom Owen as Mayor Shinn, Laura Bevilacqua as Eualalie Shinn, Paschal Frisinaas Marcellus, Ellen Horst as Mrs. Paroo and Ben Touma as Winthrop.
The evening at Kleinhans Music Hall will begin at 8 PM. Randall Kramer, artistic director of Musical Fare Theatre in Buffalo, directs.
The Music Man opened on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Both actors won Tony Awards for their work (the musical also nabbed the Tony for Best Musical, beating West Side Story; New Girl in Town; Oh, Captain!; and Jamaica), and Preston repeated his role in the 1962 film opposite Shirley Jones. The classic score includes such tunes as "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Lida Rose," "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Marian the Librarian," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Trouble" and "The Sadder But Wiser Girl." A TV version featured Tony Award winners Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is located at 499 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY. For additional information go to www.bpo.org.